Calendar

Nov
6
Mon
Using LEGO in the Classroom
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to showcase new and innovative ways of using LEGO as a teaching tool in your classroom. LEGO is a powerful tool to help develop skills and demonstrate understanding beyond our traditional text-heavy learning activities while also overcoming some common challenges in unlocking our students’ creative potential.

Using a variety of interactive activities, participants will learn new strategies for incorporating LEGO into lessons teaching creativity, communication, and problem solving, as well as using these versatile building blocks for gathering formative assessment data. Participants will also learn from the facilitators’ experiences as both learners and teachers using LEGO in the classroom while discussing tips for how to use LEGO as an important classroom resource.

Please register early if you would like to attend as space for this session is limited.

REGISTER for Using LEGO in the Classroom

Nov
8
Wed
High Intensity Learning Experiences (HILEs): Taking EE to the Next Level
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Increasingly faculty use case studies as ways of creating context, applying learning to real-world scenarios, bringing theory to life and as a tool for engagement and the development of critical analysis skills.  This is a helpful tool in education and training.  The workshop facilitator has over 22 years of experience with the use of case studies and has been experimenting with variations on the design and delivery of case studies.  With the addition of “high intensity” as a stressor the results are more and deeper learning.  Find out how adding stressors can make students more engaged and have more fun too.

Facilitator: Peter P. Constantinou, PhD is a teaching stream faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University and winner of numerous teaching awards, including the President’s University-Wide Teaching award at York University.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This session will run from 10am-11:30am in DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register: REGISTRATION

Nov
9
Thu
iClicker Workshop – Thursday, November 9, 2017
Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

iClicker Workshop

Did you know that York University is now supporting an iClicker tool that you can use for free in your class (face-to-face and online)? The iClicker tool, iClicker Cloud, is a mobile teaching platform to engage your students in real time to provide instant feedback and promote active learning.  Students can participate using their smart phones, tablets, or laptops.

This 90-minute hands-on workshop is a technical and pedagogical quickstart guide on using Reef in teaching.  During the workshop, you will experience the iClicker from both instructor’s and student’s perspective. You will set up your iClicker account and practice adding various activities using Reef. To take full advantage of the interactive activities in the session, please bring your laptop to this workshop

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Teaching Commons and Learning Technology Services. To enroll, please fill out form below:

November iClicker Workshop: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017 in
Room DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Nov
13
Mon
Active Learning Workshop: The Jigsaw Classroom
Nov 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Facilitator: Prof. Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD

Support team: Rubina Kharel, Luiza Ravalli, Samia Shire, Muhanad Ali

In this workshop I will share my experience with a cooperative, active-learning approach, i.e., the jigsaw classroom, as I have applied it to undergraduate courses in the social study of health/global health. In the jigsaw classroom learners are organized into groups with different yet complementary tasks. Learners prepare to perform these tasks both individually (at home) and within “expert” groups (in the classroom), and subsequently peer teach to members of their “jigsaw” groups. They are graded individually and collectively.

The jigsaw classroom was developed as a way to increase learner engagement, minimize passive activities (e.g., lecture), promote individual and collective accountability for learning, and foster cooperation rather than competition among learners. As these goals are achieved, the classroom environment becomes more inclusive, learning outcomes are enhanced, and the pleasure of learning increases. Students from one current course will join me to demonstrate their experience with the jigsaw classroom. Participants will be invited to interact with students (i.e., observe students discussions, ask questions about the student experience, etc.) during the activity.

Register for Active Learning Workshop: The Jigsaw Classroom

Nov
15
Wed
eLearning Boot Camp – November 15, 2017
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

eLearning Boot Camp

This one day intensive workshop is designed to provide you with ‘basic training’ for getting started with eLearning. The focus will be on helping colleagues who are interested in eLearning but have limited experience to start integrating technologies in teaching. This workshop introduces and demonstrates how faculty members can take advantage of technological tools in various ways to promote learning using various modes of eLearning delivery. You will have opportunities for hands-on work and to try out various eLearning tools, including some clever ones in Moodle you may not know exist! Contributions from the Learning Technology Service will be included. Faculty or staff who need to plan or build elearning elements or courses will find this useful. No prior experience required! Please kindly note that  lunch is NOT provided for this workshop.

All boot camps are from 10AM – 3PM – Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in DB 2032

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

 

Nov
16
Thu
Journal Club – November 2017
Nov 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its January Journal Club conversation on Thursday, November 16 at 10:30am. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of an article related to teaching and learning in higher education. Journal Club participants are asked to read the chosen article in advance and come prepared to discuss their ideas, reactions, and questions with fellow colleagues interested in exploring innovation in teaching and learning. This entry will be updated when an article has been chosen for this month’s discussion.

REGISTER to attend the November Journal Club meeting

Dec
7
Thu
Course Design Boot Camp – Thursday, December 7, 2017
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

This is an intensive workshop to get you started designing or updating your course. We will cover principles of good course design, assessment and feedback, active learning and engagement strategies, and provide you with the resources you need to design great courses.

Participants will be introduced to the process and principles of course design and learn to write effective learning outcomes. They will consider how to structure a course based on those outcomes based on the principle of alignment of assessment and teaching activities with learning outcomes. They will also learn about the purposes of assessment as well as criterion-based assessment to measure learning.

All sessions will run from 9:30am to 2:00pm. *We will break for 30 minutes for lunch.

Date: December 7, 2017

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Dec
8
Fri
EE Bootcamp – Friday, December 8, 2017
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The EE workshops are designed to support faculty who wish to incorporate Experiential Education into their teaching, either in the classroom or in the community. The Bootcamp combines the content of Introduction to Experiential Education and Experiential Education: Reflection and Assessment.

In the first half of the workshop, we will define EE and its three foci in the context of York, discuss the theory informing EE, and consider the critical role of structured reflection in experiential education. In the second half, we will brainstorm ideas for reflective activities and consider how to evaluate experiential learning. The workshop will be delivered via presentations, videos and hands-on activities designed to help participants develop an EE course that includes reflective learning and its assessment, for both in-class and community focused EE.  All bootcamps run from 10AM to 3PM.  

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Dec
14
Thu
ISW – Instructional Skills Workshop (3 Day Workshop) – December 14, 15 & 18, 2017
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP (ISW)

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a Canadian, grassroots, certificate program. During this intensive three-day workshop (24 hours in total), participants will work collaboratively in a small group setting (e.g. 1 Facilitator: 5 Participants) to further develop their teaching effectiveness as well as receiving feedback on new teaching strategies and techniques. Participants will design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive reflective verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. The ISW engenders participatory learning and the building of community that can transfer back into the classroom and the institution. Because this is a peer-based workshop, your success (and the success of others in your group) is entirely dependent upon your commitment to the process. It is imperative that you commit to the 3 days in their entirety.

ISWs are available for faculty (full-time and contract only) and Staff.

December 14, 15 & 18, 2017
Time:
 9am to 5:30pm
Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building  DB 1014

Please visit the following link to register:  REGISTRATION

Jan
16
Tue
Journal Club – January 2018
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Teaching Commons is hosting its January Journal Club conversation on Tuesday, January 16 at 2pm. Join us at the Teaching Commons for an informal discussion of an article related to teaching and learning in higher education. Journal Club participants are asked to read the chosen article in advance and come prepared to discuss their ideas, reactions, and questions with fellow colleagues interested in exploring innovation in teaching and learning. This entry will be updated when an article has been chosen for this month’s discussion.

REGISTER to attend the January Journal Club meeting